Lever espresso machines are all the rage these days. Manual control, while perhaps intimidating to the novice, with practice leads to the holy grail of espresso. The design of lever espresso machines– combined with the right hand– results in a shot that is sweeter and smoother than anything an auto can put out. Yet this espresso ecstasy doesn’t come cheap. Many lever machines run into the thousands. Let’s take a look at the La Pavoni Europiccola, a sub-$1,000 lever espresso machine for the coffee snob on a budget.